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Series of interesting events

Readers love to keep visiting the same worlds and characters, so publishers love them too, says Amy Sparkes


What do The Famous Five and Harry Potter books have in common? Their authors (Enid Blyton and JK Rowling respectively) created a magnificent world of their own, adorned them with interesting characters and invited the reader to continue the adventure, book after book.

Children of all ages enjoy reading a series, and publishers like series as they have huge commercial potential, drawing readers back to your fictional world with each new book.

Open or closed?

Whereas books like The Famous Five could be called an open series (the scene is set for ongoing standalone adventures), Harry Potter is a closed’ series (a fìxed number of books with a clear storytelling arc that comes to an end). Closed series arc usually planned out before writing commences, with each book being a satisfying and complete standalone story in itself. This month focuses on open series and next month well look at closed series.

What does an open series need?

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